We're working our way through the "standard" 10 Year Tawnys. Taylor is our usual go-to port. The Fonseca is a bit "brighter," with a candy apple finish that hints at a ruby port. Tim thinks he may like it better than Taylor, but would like to do a side-by-side at some point. I'm content to simply add the Fonseca to our lineup for a change of pace.
Deep, bright aromas, very complete. Loaded with dried figs, dates, plums, orange peel, walnut shell, and lots of spices. Smooth, round, and silky, bordering on glyceriny, showing good depth of flavor, a nutty richness, fine length, and none of the alcoholic heat you get with some tawnies. Has an appealing tea-like tension and mulling spices on the mineral finish. Just lovely.
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(NV Fonseca Porto 10 Year Old Tawny) Very dark brown red color; VA, walnut skin, roasted walnut, date, fruit cake nose; soft, rounded, silky textured, fruit cake, dates, walnut palate; medium-plus finish (when chilled, maple syrup, walnut and honey flavors predominate)
(NV Fonseca Porto 10 Year Old Tawny) Light medium brown color with pale meniscus; fig newton filling, raising, baked cherry and wood nose; tasty, spicy, spice box, smoke, yellow raisin and baked plum palate; long finish
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